GTTP: Preview Of The New Greubel Forsey GMT Quadruple Tourbillon 2021
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What is it: The new Greubel Forsey GMT Quadruple Tourbillon 2021 is a limited edition release of 11-pieces only that debuts the use of titanium in this 66-pieces only collection that began its journey back in 2019. The new Greubel Forsey GMT Quadruple Tourbillon is marked by striking blue accents
Why: Because the wrists of serious watch collectors and connoisseurs are barren without extraordinary timepieces such as these.
In the words of the brand itself: “The GMT Quadruple Tourbillon had only one chapter. Today, Greubel Forsey writes the second and reveals an 11 piece edition of this groundbreaking timepiece in Titanium. With new materials, new colours and new finishes, this revolutionary and modern limited edition launches the GMT Quadruple Tourbillon towards unexplored horizons and resolutely marks the dawn of a new chapter”
When released: February 25, 2021, 15:00 (CET / UTC +1)
Where: J Farren-Price Sydney is an authorised dealer and your best bet in Sydney would be to contact them directly
Who is it for: For someone who has it all when it comes to wristwatches and yet wants something unique and different.
According to the brand: “The GMT Quadruple Tourbillon is radical in all its aspects. First of all, by its construction. The Quadruple Tourbillon is Greubel Forsey’s second Fundamental Invention. The mission: to average out positional errors due to gravity in all situations, especially in stable wristwatch positions”.
Basic Specs: The New Greubel Forsey GMT Quadruple Tourbillon features a hand-wound mechanical movement with three patents. It beats at the frequency of 3Hz (21’600 V/h), boasts of a decent 72-hours power reserve, and consists of a whopping 705 parts and 84 olived-domed jewels in gold chatons. The movement is cased inside a titanium — with asymmetrical convex synthetic sapphire crystal on top — case that measures in at 46.50mm in diameter and 17.45mm in thickness.
The case frames the multi-level gold dial in anthracite colour which also features a gold hour-ring and gold hour markers.
This intricate dial shows the functions of:
- 2nd time zone
- Rotating globe with universal time and day-and-night
- Universal time on 24 time zones
- Cities observing summer time
- A lateral window showing the equator and southern hemisphere
- Quadruple Tourbillon
- Hours and minutes, small seconds and a power-reserve indicator
The timepiece comes on either a rubber or hand-sewn alligator strap, featuring a titanium folding clasp engraved with the GF logo. We prefer it on the rubber strap, because one, it matches the blue on the dial and two, because a rubber strap on an expensive timepiece such as this is a great way of not taking everything too seriously.
How does it do: As one of the most innovative of the independent watch brands out there, it is no surprise to see this invention of sorts arising from the brand.
What we love about this release:
- Exclusivity. It’s a very limited release of only 11-pieces
- Continuity. It continues the legacy of this series of watches with the Chapter 2
- Collectors have the chance to own a timepiece with Quadruple Tourbillon, the execution of which is impressive –
- The use of inner tourbillons inclined at a 30° angle offering 1 rotation per minute
- The use of outer tourbillons that feature 1 rotation in 4 minutes
- The use of blue is the real star here. It brings in a sense of colour and play to the dial, especially when the watch is paired with the blue rubber strap
- The presence of hand-finished details –
- the circular-grained hour ring with polished bevels
- the frosted and spotted with polished bevelling mainplate
- and the countersinks and straight-grained flanks that are executed in a grey finish
With the heft and size of GF timepieces, they may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s hard to ignore their might when it comes to the creativity and effort behind the mechanical genius these watches are seeped in. Timepieces like the new Greubel Forsey GMT Quadruple Tourbillon are essentially designed for serious collectors who appreciate what the independents are doing. Brands like GF are always innovating, pushing the envelope, trying to offer something eclectic and different. Last year’s QP à Équation was a stunning example with more than a dozen complications that showed the brand’s ability and horological prowess.
In short, the new GF offering is for those with deep pockets, thick wrists, and the ability to appreciate horological genius.
To find out more about the new Greubel Forsey GMT Quadruple Tourbillon 2021 and other GF watches, please head to their website here. All images unless otherwise stated are Copyright © 2021 Greubel Forsey, All rights reserved.